Family Fun in Half Term Holidays

Family Fun in Half Term Holidays

A range of exciting activities for families in our communities took place over the half-term holidays, thanks to Jigsaw’s Neighbourhood Engagement team.

At the Dukinfield Hub, Officer John McGlynn and volunteers at the Craft Café organised a Valentine’s day themed arts and craft session.

More than 30 adults and children attended the event and they even had the opportunity to decorate their own delicious pancakes to eat.

In Ashton, Officer Minaz Aslam held a hate crime and energy advice event in partnership with TMBC, Ashton Pioneer Homes, Holy Trinity Community Centre and Oldham Play Action Group at the Holy Trinity Community Centre.

The event aimed to raise awareness of hate crime and how to report it, with the community centre now becoming a hate crime reporting centre. Residents also received energy advice, winter warmer packs were handed out and some residents were referred to the energy fund.

In line with the event, our team also hosted a crafts activity linked to hate crime with local families and children which was delivered by OPAG. A total of 16 adults and 35 children attended and hot food was also provided.

Around 58 children from Crumpsall and Cheetham Hill enjoyed a full week packed with exciting activities organised by officer Tanuja Patel in partnership with charity Rainbow Surprise.

They took part in various indoor and outdoor activities such as playing football and cricket, making caterpillars from egg boxes, playing board games and singing songs.

Over in Netherfield, Nottingham around 50 people took part in our Valentine’s themed cooking sessions while around 20 residents enjoyed half-term craft and gaming activities. The sessions were organised by Officer Martin Curtis and the Netherfield Forum and were run by a tutor from the Academy Transformation Trust for Further Education college.

Families in Chorley also got stuck into a day of crafting and gardening fun at Byron Jubilee Gardens, Longfield Avenue and Buttermere Community Centre. Officer Tracy Townson organised the event alongside Sarah’s Studio, Growing for Goodness and Woodchats Coffee Shop. Residents enjoyed the day and were rewarded with a tasty hot pot after all their hard work.

The events, which took place over two weeks helped provide informative sessions, food to combat holiday hunger, improved health and wellbeing and assisted families with free activities to help with the cost of living.